About Brasserie 8 1/2
Brasserie 8 1/2 is an elegant French restaurant, bar and lounge in Midtown NYC serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet. Private dining & catering available.
New York, NY 10019
French, Contemporary French / American, European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
*We are currently not open for lunch service on Saturdays*
5th & 6th Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our catering menu for private events incorporates our critically acclaimed classic French cuisine with a modern twist, custom-designed menus to meet your needs, and an extensive, award-winning wine list of domestic and imported bottles.
Parking is available at the garage next door.
F at 57th Street or E at 53rd & 5th Avenue
N and R on 59th Street and 5th Avenue
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Steps off Fifth Avenue-Sleek destination ideal for unforgettable events,offering a choice of plush private dining rooms. Accommodating 10 to 150 guests. With a wide range of enticing specialties, custom-designed menus artfully complement the glamorous setting.
Brasserie 8 1/2 Ratings and Reviews
The Sunday French menu was an eye opener. Foir gras app and individual beef wellington were sensational. Great breads to start with, too. Portions are very generous and price very reasonable, especially with free BYO promotion. Elegant spacious venue, first class service and maybe the last place in Manhattan where you can have a quiet conversation while you dine. All right across from Carnegie Hall and a short cab ride to Lincoln Center.
Brasserie 8 1/2 is our favorite restaurant in NYC. The food, service, and ambiance are always wonderful. On this occasion, we were entertaining family from Los Angeles for brunch and they loved it. The selection of food was terrific, the staff was friendly and helpful, and everything was delicious. It is always a pleasure to come to Brasserie 8 1/2, a restaurant that truly epitomizes fine dining in an atmosphere of casual class. Thank you very much.
Kenny the general manager is fantastic. He makes sure ypur experience is a good one and he roams the floor regularly, not hiding out in some back office. The food here is always excellent, and the pricing is very fair. This most recent visit was on Valentines Day, and yet in addition to the special menu, you could order anything off the regular menu if you preferred. Not many other places do this, was appreciated by my date who didn't want 3 courses. Wine selection is also good here. And the bar happy hour offerings are also great. Easy to forget about this place because it is below ground, but you shouldn't. Highly recommend.
I felt I was on board a 1 hour flight and the meal service had to be completed before landing.
the airline imagery was reinforced by the awful food. no sooner had our order been placed than
the first course arrived. the main course was served almost before the appetizer plates were cleared. the first course foie gras was served next to a sloppy spongy unidentifiable disk of something or other. the main course lobster was okay but the beef wellington was not edible.
dessert, the course that should seal the fond memories of a meal was the worst. a chocolate mousse cake was a confusion of flavors and textures that simply did not please. a recommended
crepe souffle looked to have been manufactured months ago at some distant factory. it was deplorable. all in all a misery of a dining experience.
I came to Brasserie 8 1/2 for a Valentine’s day dinner with high expectations.. not only did Brasserie exceed my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed the options that were available on the prix-fixe menu. I enjoyed a lovely meal consisting of crispy oysters, foie gras, beef Wellington and a lovely slice of chocolate cake! My waiter was attentive and had a lovely sense of humor, the ambiance was incredible, and my flute of Prosecco was the best palate cleanser.. although the kitchen was running just a tad bit behind, I myself am in the restaurant business and could not hold it to them, especially on a busy night.
Thank you to the Brasserie 8 1/2 team for my incredible experience and I cannot wait to come back and eat more amazing food!
The food was delicious, the service courteous and efficient and the three course prix fixe menu was good value for money at $42, considering that this is an up-market restaurant. I booked this for an early Valentine's Day celebration and my wife loved it (as indeed did I).
I had a three course meal during the restaurant week and everything I tried was very tasty. I also loved the space: big staircase, high ceilings, great atmosphere. It's not noisy, so for once you can have a conversation and actually hear it. Service was also very good. I had a really nice experience there. Definitely will be back.
I chose this restaurant for a pre-concert dinner near Carnegie Hall. The space is very inviting, and widely spaced tables and low noise level add to its appeal. Fine, accommodating service. But the food (ordered from a Restaurant Week menu) was just OK--no notable flaws, but, except for an excellent lobster risotto, no pizazz either.
A pleasant dining experience with attentive service and good food. There is an elevator for handicap entry, but you must first enter the restaurant at street level and then request an operator from the restaurant which is below the street-entry level. Prices are a bit high, but the milieu is lovely and for shopping in the all of the better (Fifth & Madison Ave) NYC stores, the location is excellent.
We had the scallops and the branzino - both perfectly prepared with nice sides. The branzino was part of the Restaurant Week menu and also had the crab bisque and finished with the pear cake. Everything was delicious. Since it was Restaurant Week, the dining room was livelier than normal on a Friday evening, but service was excellent and the tables are spaced nicely so that you can have a pleasant conversation at the table. Prior to dining, we enjoyed a drink at the bar accompanied by a dozen oysters. They have an excellent happy hour. Always fun.
We went for restaurant week prior to seeing a show at Carnegie Hall. The restaurant has a corporate feel and service was a bit rushed (although it also remained mostly empty). The food was mixed. I had the salad to start which had a bitter mustard flavor with lots of mustard seeds. The duck was very good. To finish, I had the chocolate cake. It was disappointing with the alcohol infused cherries (too much). Overall, I wouldn't go back or recommend. 2 basics - salad and chocolate cake were not good (in my opinion).
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